On the eve of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the sexual-assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the panel released his opening remarks. Kavanaugh will say that he “categorically and unequivocally” denies the accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor. Ford, who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were in high school, will also testify on Thursday.
Below is Kavanaugh’s prepared written testimony, as submitted to the committee.
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Members of the Committee:
Eleven days ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing a serious wrong more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school. I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. The next day, I told this Committee that I wanted to testify as soon as possible, under oath, to clear my name.
Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. There has been a frenzy to come up with something—anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious—that will block a vote on my nomination. These are last-minute smears, pure and simple. They debase our public discourse. And the consequences extend beyond any one nomination. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country.